Christmas parade planners could tighten rules, attorney says

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM.

"My brother-in-law suggested putting them between two fire engines (which blow their sirens throughout the parade route)," Ryan said.

A major concern for the Main Street association centers on potential legal threats from those who feel their First Amendment rights are violated. 

During the meeting, members said they would seek attorneys’ and city officials’ input.

Conner said he and other members have received suggestions from other cities, which have dealt with similar situations.

He and other Main Street members plan to work with city officials to ensure similar incidents never happen at another Christmas parade.

"In the 50 (plus) years that the parade has been going, this is the first bit of controversy that I can remember," Conner said.

In addition to the Christmas parade, the Main Street Crestview Association plans some of Crestview's most widely attended events, including the Fall Festival and First Friday summer events.

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